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Wayne Hendren, 95 year old Woodward resident, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Mooreland. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Herbert Wayne Hendren was born October 30, 1921 in Fargo, Oklahoma to Carl Wesley and Hettie Rudy Hendren. Wayne grew up on a farm, three miles south of Fargo with a few of his younger years in Gage, Oklahoma. He attended school in Fargo and graduated from Fargo High School. Wayne attended Oklahoma A&M College which is now known as Oklahoma State University. Wayne enlisted into the United States Army on September 13, 1940 and served his country during World War II. He served with the 158th Battalion during several battles and campaigns, including Sicilian Naples-Foggia Southern France and Rome-Arno Rhineland Central Europe. Wayne received the EAME Service Ribbon, one Silver Service Star, one Bronze Service Star, and he also received a Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in June of 1945.

He was united in marriage to Patricia Williams on October 16, 1948 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Monahans, Texas before moving to Keyes and Fargo. He worked in the oil field in 1949 and worked for the United States Post Office in Fargo from 1949 until 1957. He then worked as a truck driver until 1959 when he went to work for the Helium Plant and later retired from there in 1980. He and Pat moved to Woodward in 1980 and he has lived there since that time. He loved to fish and was a huge Oklahoma State football and basketball fan. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed telling stories and jokes. He fished for as long as he was able and would always look forward to the next Oklahoma State football and basketball season.

He is survived by his son Mike Hendren and wife Brenda of Cloudcroft, New Mexico; two grandchildren, Scott and Summer; two great-grandchildren, Carlli and Wesley; other relatives and friends.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia, brothers Howard and Wesley Hendren and one sister Wava.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward American Red Cross, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund or the WOOF Pet Rescue.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on August 31, 2017
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